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Apple found underage workers bribery and involuntary labor in its factories during

first_imgApple’s annual Supplier Responsibility Progress Report has just been released, and it shows that as good of a year as 2010 might have been for the Cupertino, California company, there’s still a lot of work to be done when it comes to the conditions their contract employees are working under… with underage workers, “involuntary labor,” worker endangerment and bribery topping the list of problems Apple is struggling to fix.According to the report, over the course of 2010, Apple found 37 core violations across 127 supplier facilities in Asia, where a core violation is defined as a serious breach of Apple’s code of conduct prohibiting worker abuse, underage labor, slave labor, etc.AdChoices广告In one factory, Apple discovered that employees were repeatedly being exposed to toxic chemicals. Four other facilities presented false payroll records to Apple, or tried to bribe Apple’s audit team. Another facility threatened employees being interviewed by Apple’s audit team. Finally, 91 underage workers were discovered across ten facilities.In most cases, Apple’s response was measured but conscientious. In the case of underaged workers, Apple told managers to pay the kids six months salary and send them back to school until they were 16, as well as pay their tuition. Other less serious violations just resulted in Apple cracking a whip and telling facilities to tighten their practices. Companies trying to defraud Apple, though, were cut loose.But what about Foxconn, which was plagued by a wave of suicides in 2010? That required special attention, and Apple even sent COO Tim Cook and a team of executives and suicide prevention specialists to Foxconn. Cook even took part in interviewing employees. Apple left satisfied that Foxconn had done what it could to save lives.“The team commended Foxconn for taking quick action on several fronts simultaneously, including hiring a large number of psychological counselors, establishing a 24-hour care center, and even attaching large nets to the factory buildings to prevent impulsive suicides,” reads the report. “The independent team also found that Foxconn had worked openly with many outside experts and government officials in reacting to the crisis. Most important, the investigation found that Foxconn’s response had definitely saved lives.”Overall, the report is heartening: it appears, for all its faults, Apple remains one of the most conscientious companies in tech.Read more at Applelast_img read more

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